Morocco, U.S. Boost Military Cooperation

22 May 2024
Morocco, U.S. Boost Military Cooperation

A command post exercise (CPX) is taking place at the Combined Operations Center, set up at the Southern Zone Headquarters in Agadir, on the occasion of the 20th edition of the African Lion exercise, held in accordance with the High Instructions of HM the King, Supreme Commander, and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces.

The CPX (May 20-31) is a simulation exercise aimed at testing the readiness and ability of participants to ensure the operational preparedness of the Combined Joint Task Force. It brings together military officers from different nationalities to train them in the planning and execution of joint operations and the implementation of coordination procedures between units.

This simulation exercise is scheduled for the benefit of a Combined Joint Task Force, with its land, air, sea, and special forces components, to ensure the planning and execution of joint operations. The goal of the CPX is to strengthen interoperability among participants within a Combined Joint Task Force designed to counter a large-scale conventional threat, combined with actions from terrorist groups.

Participants from various nationalities have closely collaborated to enhance coordination and improve skills in planning and conducting operations. This exercise facilitates the sharing of expertise and know-how. It is an effective means for consolidating knowledge in planning, conducting, and coordinating operations among the different components: land, air, sea, and special forces.

On Monday, a ceremony was held at the Southern Zone Headquarters in Agadir, announcing the official launch of the “African Lion” exercise, attended by representatives of the participating countries.

Approximately 7,000 military personnel from about twenty countries, along with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), are participating alongside the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) and the U.S. Armed Forces in these large-scale military maneuvers.

Scheduled to take place in Benguerir, Agadir, Tantan, Akka, and Tifnit, the 2024 African Lion exercise includes various activities such as combined tactical, land, maritime, and air exercises, both day and night, a special forces exercise, and airborne operations.

This twentieth edition also includes training in countering weapons of mass destruction and a series of medical-surgical and social services provided to the population of the Akka region by a field hospital.

Contributing to the strengthening of operational, technical, and procedural interoperability among the participating armies, the “African Lion 2024” exercise, the largest conducted in Africa, remains an essential event where military officers exchange procedures and experiences, particularly in combined joint training and exercises.

This twentieth edition testifies to the enduring cooperation between the Royal Armed Forces and the U.S. Armed Forces, reflecting the historic and strong ties between the two countries.

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